June 6, 1944 was the most iconic day of World War Two and has gone down in history simply as "D-Day." Photographers tried to get onto the landing crafts to document the dangerous journey, but few managed to find a spot because space was tight and it was needed for the soldiers with guns. A few managed to take some pictures of the event, but most were not developed or dated until days or weeks later when they were able to get back to the battleships to see what they captured. This photograph of soldiers from the 3rd battalion 16th Infantry regiment walking along Omaha Beach, is one of the only military images we have ever handled that actually carries the important June 6, 1944 date on the back of the image! The battle was still raging on the beach below, but this group had advanced enough below the ridge line that they were out of the range of the snipers and were preparing for the next phase of the operation. It is incredible to think that this WAS D-Day! The purple text on the back is light but still easily legible under magnification and it goes into depth with everything you need to know except who the photographer was. Condition is nice and this is the only example of this important piece of history we have ever seen!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9.5/10